The Anarchy of Middle Eastern Groups

  • 29 May 2007

The sudden emergence of the Fatah Al-Islam in Lebanon confirms the proliferation of armed organizations in the Middle East that has risen to dangerous proportions. This organization, which threatens the stability of Lebanon, is not the first of its kind. The region has recently been witnessing the emergence of many new militant organizations. The rise of these armed organizations is causing chaos and anarchy in the region, which already has enough reasons for tensions and unrest. With the emergence of these dangerous organizations that are fomenting great instability, the Middle East could slide into more violence and turmoil.

In fact, the emergence of this trend is linked with the chronic problems facing the Middle East region, and it seems that the continuation of these crises would further spawn such organizations. In fact, the technological revolution that the world is currently witnessing has helped in the breeding and proliferation of such organizations. These militant organizations have exploited the Information Revolution technologies to recruit new adherents, and to build networks with each other. Undoubtedly, this development has undercut the chances of confronting and eliminating such organizations.

Some people believe that the existence of armed organizations is not a new phenomenon in the Middle, and that the region has had many such organizations in the past. However, the present organizations are considered to be far more dangerous because of their rapid growth and proliferation, and the ease with which they develop their destructive capabilities, which has been facilitated by the easy acquisition of weapons due to the ill-effects of globalization at the expense of the strength of governments. In these respects, the present organizations differ from the previous militant forces. Experts have started considering these militant organizations as new players or ‘non-state actors’ in the international system in the wake of their possession of organizational and operational capabilities that are capable of surpassing the capabilities of states.

Nevertheless, the danger these armed organizations pose in the Middle East, requires a global effort to confront the phenomena, which could employ various methods including, political, economic, security, or cultural forms. However, before such an undertaking they should look at the reasons behind the emergence of this phenomenon and the factors that feed it, in order to drain it of its sources.